Thrills and Spills
The triathlon (1.5km swim, 40km cycle, 10km run) was exciting as a spectator sport, especially as twoThe temperature was low enough to make wet suits obligatory – this is a help to the weaker swimmers apparently. The camera work – sometimes from a helicopter, was amazing and at times the Serpentine seemed aswarm with strange fish. Elbows were akimbo as the swimmers rounded the buoys but all the swimmers made it safely to the transition area.
Yorkshire brothers- Alistair and Jonathan
Brownlee were meant to do well.
Here they had to shed their wet suits, don their cycling shoes and pick up their cycles. Unfortunately we learned later in the race that Jonathan Brownlee had mounted his cycle a fraction before he should have done and had to pay a forfeit of 15 seconds during the final run.
Early in the cycle race there was a disaster when two or three cyclists ended up on the tarmac. We never did hear the reason for it. A similar thing had happened in the women’s triathlon but then the roads had been wet and greasy.
It was a pleasure watching the cycle and run laps as they passed again and again round the most beautiful parts of
and it was a great way to orient oneself. London
So far my favourite pin –up in the Games is the sailor Ben Ainslie. Think Jon Hamm of Mad Men in a wet suit
See photos below.